Peter Webb photographed The Rolling Stones for their Sticky Fingers album, and famously then lost his negatives for almost 40 years
As a Cambridge law graduate, Peter Webb is forever thankful he abandoned the Inns of Court for a post-university year in America. Moving straight into the world of Mad Men, he was hired as assistant to the legendary Photographer/ Director Howard Zieff (Private Benjamin, My Girl etc) in his studios a block west of Madison Avenue.
On returning to London, Webb rapidly made a name as a multi-award winning advertising photographer, and was then head-hunted as a director for Ridley Scottʼs commercials company. He later established his own company Park Village Productions, based in the magnificent Victorian Riding School and Stables in Regents Park, lovingly restored and converted by himself. Among the talent who came there to be photographed by him over the years were the Rolling Stones for the Sticky Fingers album shoot. Park Village remains a leading production company, with Webb and his colleagues having set the bar by winning all the premier awards in the business over the years, including the Palme DʼOr at Cannes as the top Commercials company worldwide twice.
Never a man to stand still, Webb went on to direct the BAFTA award winning Butch Minds the Baby, followed by Give My Regards to Broad Street starringPaul McCartney and Bryan Brown. In the past year Webb, who is now establishing himself as an artist with recent exhibitions in Italy and London, has been thrilled by the discovery of his long lost Sticky Fingers negatives in his US brother-in lawʼs London attic, where they had lain unnoticed for nearly forty years. As even more of a bonus, the negative sleeves also contained his individual plate camera portraits of the band.
In the same spirit of re-discovery, the completion this year of Webbʼs 70 minute Directorʼs Cut of the 20th Century Fox 1984 108 minute theatrical release of Give My Regards to Broad Street, has led him to hope he can persuade McCartneyʼs MPL Communications Ltd to return the project to its more modest small-screen intentions With the filmʼs live performances of McCartneyʼs most famous Beatles, Wings and solo McCartney compositions from Yesterday to Eleanor Rigby, and guest appearances from Ringo Starr, Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach, Tracy Ulmann and Sir Ralph Richardson, itʼs musical direction by Sir George Martin, Broad Street Revisited would make a perfect companion piece to the recent release on iTunes of the best of the Beatles back catalogue.
In the Summer of 2011, in association with Raj Prem Fine Art Photography, we hosted Peter’s first solo exhibition of photographs from his Sticky Fingers session,